chapter  5
16 Pages

Mentoring Independent Study Students in Lipid Science

WithE. Chris Kazala, Crystal L. Snyder, Tara Furukawa-Stoffer, Randall J. Weselake

Most researchers in the area of lipid science are familiar with the desire to develop value-added consumer products. By improving a basic ingredient or a processing step, value can be added to all downstream products, resulting in some societal or monetary benefit. By analogy, exposing undergraduates to research early in their careers provides an opportunity to add value to their science education, resulting in students that are better equipped for any number of career paths in science. Undergraduate research opportunities forge a vital link between theoretical knowledge and practical application that is often absent in theoretically biased undergraduate programs. Many colleges and universities acknowledge the value that exposure to a

5.1 Introduction ..................................................................................................... 69 5.2 Recruitment-Finding the Right Students ..................................................... 71 5.3 Project Development ....................................................................................... 72

5.3.1 The Research Objective .................................................................... 73 5.3.2 Expectations ...................................................................................... 74 5.3.3 Skills and Techniques Learned ......................................................... 74 5.3.4 Supervisory Responsibilities ............................................................ 74 5.3.5 Time Commitment ............................................................................ 74 5.3.6 Evaluation ......................................................................................... 75 5.3.7 Certification Considerations ............................................................. 78

5.4 Strategies for Success ..................................................................................... 78 5.4.1 Good Habits and Skills ..................................................................... 78 5.4.2 Protocols and Procedures ................................................................. 79 5.4.3 Record Keeping and Data Management ...........................................80 5.4.4 Developing and Evaluating Written Communication Skills ............ 81 5.4.5 Interpersonal Challenges ..................................................................82